According to a new study released by the Council of State Governments, almost 60 percent of Texas public school students received punishments ranging from expulsion to in-school suspensions of a single period at least once between seventh and 12th grades.
The study also found that black and Latino students are suspended at much higher rates than white students.
Steve Perry, CNN education contributor, joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss these alarming disciplinary statistics and to weigh in on when suspensions are an effective disciplinary tool versus when they go too far.
Before retiring, I spent 9 of 31 years out-of-the-classroom working in L.A.' s most gang-ridden, discipline-problem-prone environments at 2 Middle Schools. At one I was able to reduce referrals for discipline from 5400/yr to 1300. At the other I reduced the referrals to a statistical zero... the secret? Have teachers re-examine their responsibilities to act on petty offenses (like gum-chewing, lack of supplies, etc.), have students fear being sent to me because of immediate involvement of parents and the consequences of that. and having excellent colleagues who worked hard to create a gang-free zone at the schools where the community knew that the priorities were self-respect and education. I cannot emphasize how many former students have become lawyers, etc. and said that they never forgot Middle school because we cared and we showed it every day.
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